U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley set out to defend President Donald Trump against those who pointed fingers in “blame” toward the president after 11 people were killed at a Pittsburgh Synagogue on Saturday.
At the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, 11 people were killed in a mass shooting.
As IJR previously reported, the gunman had anti-Semitic beliefs and told police that his goal was to “kill Jews.”
Watching the events unfolding in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Law enforcement on the scene. People in Squirrel Hill area should remain sheltered. Looks like multiple fatalities. Beware of active shooter. God Bless All!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2018
Haley connected what had happened in Pittsburgh to what had happened at another church in Charleston, South Carolina, at a historic black American church in 2015.
The U.N. ambassador was, at the time, Governor of South Carolina when a gunman opened fire and killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
“Please join us in lifting up the victims and their families with our love and prayers,” Haley said as the governor in response to the Charleston shooting.
Haley responded similarly in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, calling for respect for the victims’ families.
I have struggled w/ what happened in Pitts bc it’s so similar to what happened in Chas. The country was very racially divided @ the time. We didn’t once blame Pres. Obama. We focused solely on the lives lost & their families. Have some respect for these families & stop the blame.
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) October 30, 2018
After the recent shooting in Pittsburgh, there were fingers pointed toward Trump as the problem, and Haley stepped up to defend him.
She mentioned that “we didn’t once blame Pres. Obama” — the Charleston shooting occurred during former President Barack Obama’s administration.
Haley urged people to be respectful for those affected by the shooting and to “stop the blame.”
Democrats have recently set out to blame Trump’s rhetoric after bomb packages were sent to prominent Democrat politicians and public figures last week that preceded the mass shooting.
In a joint statement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said: “Time and time again, the President has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions.”
“The only person responsible for carrying out either of these heinous acts were the individuals who carried them out,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a press briefing following the Pittsburgh shooting.